Take equal parts atmospheric vocals, sampled beats, plaintive lyrics and alert self-awareness, shake vigorously and pour into your speakers. This recipe yields Sylvan Esso, a genre-busting duo headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. The eclectic project of Amelia Meath (of the Indie Folk trio Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (who played bass with experimental Folk crew Megafaun) came together just a couple of years ago, after the pair met while playing the same bill; Meath asked Sanborn to remix a song she’d written for Mountain Man, and Sylvan Esso was born. The duo’s eponymous debut album came out on Partisan Records in 2014, with Sylvan Esso’s measured, contemplative and unavoidably addictive twist on Electro Pop creating an instant buzz among fans and critics. Take a big gulp.
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